Boris Johnson poised to rule out new fracking, say sources

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The prime minister could be poised to sound the death knell for the UK’s controversial shale gas industry after more than a decade of support for fracking, according to sources. Boris Johnson is expected to rule out any new fracking in the UK as part of his election campaign following rising opposition among voters and…

Do you know an owl from an albatross? Test your bird knowledge in this quiz

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Which of the following is not a real Australian bird? What Australian bird has a sharp, five-inch toe that is capable of disembowelling you? What has been the most commonly seen bird every year of BirdLife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count since 2014? In what country does Australia’s Welcome Swallow spend the winter? Which ‘Australian’…

A lightbulb moment for nuclear fusion?

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“They are on the verge of creating commercially viable miniature fusion reactors for sale around the world,” Boris Johnson told the Conservative party conference earlier this month – “they” apparently being UK scientists. It was, at best, a rash promise for how nuclear fusion might make the UK carbon-neutral by the middle of the century…

SUVs second biggest cause of emissions rise, figures reveal

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Growing demand for SUVs was the second largest contributor to the increase in global CO2 emissions from 2010 to 2018, an analysis has found. In that period, SUVs doubled their global market share from 17% to 39% and their annual emissions rose to more than 700 megatonnes of CO2, more than the yearly total emissions…